2015 Honda CR-V Gets New Look, New Transmission
September 22nd, 2014 10:23 AM Share
Our own Jack Baruth is full of praise for Honda’s CVT transmission, and it looks like the 2015 CR-V could be the next vehicle from the Big H to adopt it, replacing the 5-speed automatic gearbox.
While Honda has released just a single photograph of the 2015 CR-V, we have it on good authority that the CVT will be part of the CR-V’s mid-cycle refresh. It’s unlikely that consumers will notice the changeover, despite the howls of protest from certain corners of the enthusiast community. And the CR-V is unlikely to lose its dominant spot on the top of the crossover sales charts.
Published September 22nd, 2014 10:23 AM
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What TTAC needs is a Saturation Dive article on the different types of CVT and the benefits of each -- last I checked, there were three, and all with wildly different ways of achieving the same thing. No idea about reliability though. Note that only one of them uses either a rubber or metal V-belt.
Nice front end update Honda, could care less about the cvt though, where is the hybrid power train from the Accord??
Here in ole' Europe, you can still get it with a 6-speed manual and 2.2 litre Turbodiesel. Or in FWD only with the new 1.6 litre. I drive one daily and wouldn't want anything else than a manual.
I had a rental Corolla with a CVT a while back, and I've been driving a hybrid for the last six months, and I have to say I'm sold on the CVT now. In traffic, the CVT is a lot smoother, and it's fine on the highway. It's not the best for sporting applications, but what automatic is, other than the really good dual clutch transmissions like Porsche has?